January 4, 2012

The Final Scenes of Star Wars Films

A while ago I heard someone point out that the camera pulled back at the end of an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and had the look of the final scene from the films - kind of a big picture with lots of the cast. Maybe it was Kyle Newman on the Forcecast, I don't remember. Anyways. Once it was waved in front of my face I realized I had always noticed the similarities in the frames. I like how Lucas adds parallels like this to each of the films to pull them together. Common ties are a necessity across six movies. It's apparent when you line them up, behold:

A New Hope:

The Empire Strikes Back:

Return of the Jedi:

The Phantom Menace:

Attack of the Clones:

Revenge of the Sith:

And of course, there's a Skywalker in each scene. However, if you're counting, R2-D2 is in five of the final images and Luke is only in four. I think that means R2-D2 is actually the most important part of the story, right? Right.

For final frames besides those in Star Wars, check out this article at Blastr.

13 comments:

  1. Well, the story does center around R2 and C3PO.

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  2. heh, I never really noticed that, but it's pretty cool. And yes, I have always considered Artoo the central character of the entire Saga, forget the Skywalker brat(s). He's even the most prominent character in the Jedi shot!

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  3. http://ani.me/zine/home/article/179/

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  4. Hello! I agree with your last statement. George Lucas, and I imagine that you know this quite well, based RD-D2 and C-3PO characters on Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress". Which dealt amongst many things at these two characters that acted 'behind the scenes' or were down looked upon but played major roles in the events of the story. To be honest I think it deals with the idea that the most seemingly "unimportant" people in the world actually CAN shape the course of current and future events. You might not be a president, a soldier, a senator, a revolutionary physicist, but much is done because of the interaction and support from each other.
    Obviously, our 'reality' is quite different. Or is it? How do people in less fortunate situations, that have no access to education or food source are changing the world, sort to speak? Doesn't seem possible... or does it?

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  5. Yup R2 and CP30 were the point of view of all the movies. Lucas took the cue from Kurasawa's Hidden Fortress (great movie btw)

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  6. Actually, that wasn't the final scene for "The Empire Strikes Back" before the "close iris" frame for the camera, but close enough!

    Also, its interesting that in the "celebration" final scenes, all the characters face forward while in the sadder ones, they show their backs.

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  7. R2D2 was George Lucas' favorite character, and an integral part of the whole saga. It really isn't surprising he's there.

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  8. I love how the endings are similar, ep2 is like ep5, ep1 is like ep4, ep3 and ep6 are the ones that seem completely different in tone and the way it ended.

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  9. You could go crazy counting the number of times R2 saves every major character in the series from getting killed. There's not a single one of the films where the plot could have progressed the same way without his presence. If you consider themes and messages, then the human characters generally play bigger parts. But in terms of the movement of the plot, no single character is as consistently vital. Not only that, but R2 is the only character who never once wavers from his core purpose and mission. He really is the purest hero of the films, even if Luke's triumph at the end of Jedi is a more beautiful human accomplishment.

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  10. Every movie has a one on one lightsabre battle and a racing scene too. (pod race, hover car chase, Grievous on Utapau, trench run, asteroid field, speeder bikes)

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  11. @Josh - I didn't think about that!

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  12. R2 is endeared like Lassie as a hero...R2 is both hero and communicates with gestures and utterings, like a faithful dog...I wonder if George Lucas though of Lassie when he created R2D2

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